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Herd men back in the win column

MIAMI, Fla. — Marshall University improved its all-time record against Florida International to 10-1 here Friday evening inside the Ocean Bank Convocation Center as the Thundering Herd cruised to a 79-66 Conference USA victory. Antonio Daye, Jr., the leading scorer for the Panthers (8-7, ...

Seminoles too much for Cougars, 59-33

NEW MATAMORAS — Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug. Those are the lyrics to an old country song from back in the day but could also very well describe the kind of week the Frontier Cougars are having. After a thrilling buzzer-beating win over Waterford on ...

Fort Frye stays hot, takes down Shenandoah

BEVERLY —The Fort Frye Cadets just keep rolling, but tight defense was needed down the stretch to take down Shenandoah on Thursday night from home, 56-41. Head coach Eric Henniger’s bunch (11-1) was familiar with the Zeps, as they traveled to Sarahsville on Dec. 11 to take home a 52-44 ...

ALBRIGHT: St. Marys girls’ hunger and depth puts them in a good place

When we last saw the St. Marys’ girls basketball team, it was an energetic and fulfilling experience. Take your pick of adjectives. Whichever you choose, the Blue Devils’ delightful run to the state tournament in Charleston highlighted an overall strength that helped the program all ...

BENNETT: Braxton Amos back on mat

As the old adage goes, nothing worth having comes easy. Former Robert Dutton and Dave Schultz Award winner Braxton Amos certainly could attest to that. Going back to his high school days at Parkersburg South, Amos missed his freshman year due to injury before absolutely dominating the Class ...

HOLLAND: Fort Frye’s Luke Huffman finally getting selfish

BEVERLY — Fort Frye senior Luke Huffman is capable of being game-changing player for the Cadets. The problem, according to head coach Eric Henniger, is that Huffman sometimes isn’t selfish enough. What Henniger is really saying is that Huffman is a team-first player, and often will look ...

Second-half surge

VINCENT — Jennifer Smith’s layup thanks to a Rylee Kendall assist following a steal by Morgan Altenburger had Marietta head coach Allen Ruth’s squad up 31-29 with 5:23 left in the third here Wednesday evening, but it was all Warren after that. The Warriors used a buzzer-beating 10-foot ...

Fort Frye downs Morgan in OT, 64-57

BEVERLY — Fort Frye vividly remembered last season’s 63-44 district semifinal loss to Morgan leading up to Tuesday’s showdown against the Raiders. Thanks in part to 22 points from Luke Huffman, a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double from Nic Hart, plus 15 points and five assists from ...

Gutberlet, Frontier sink Waterford at buzzer

WATERFORD — Jacob Gutberlet took just one shot in his return for the Frontier Cougars Tuesday night at Waterford after missing the first six games of the season following a bout with COVID-19. Gutberlet’s one shot was as big as they get as he canned a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from nearly ...

Glenville State women look to keep rolling after 3-1 start

GLENVILLE — A new week and two more games are on tap for the Glenville State College women’s basketball team of fifth-year head coach Kim Stephens, who are currently 3-1 and ranked No. 16 in the latest WBCA Division II poll. Following a tough 91-86 home setback to Charleston in their ...

Marietta’s Altenburger scores 1,000th point in win over Waterford

MARIETTA — After struggling for almost all of the first half, the Marietta Lady Tigers were looking for a spark of any kind in the third quarter of Monday evening's showdown at Sutton Gymnasium against Waterford. The Tigers got the spark they were looking for and then some as senior Adi Hill ...

Glenville State men off to hot 4-0 start with key wins

GLENVILLE — Justin Caldwell, the third-year head coach of the Glenville State College men’s basketball team, isn’t one to mince words. When asked about the Pioneers’ hot start to the campaign he admitted “I’m shocked. That’s a credit to them sharing the basketball with one ...

Waterford hangs on

WATERFORD — Freshman Jarrett Armstrong tallied 10 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter and host Waterford stopped a four-game slide by holding off Belpre, 54-51, in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division showdown here Friday night inside Harry Cooper Annex. The Golden Eagles ...

BENNETT: LKC boys will crown new POY

Everyone in the Mountain State continues to hold out hope a winter sports season indeed will happen. Staying on the positive side this actually will be the case means roundballs on the hardwood should start bouncing soon. I for one am more than ready to cover basketball in West Virginia, but ...

Belpre girls soar past Eastern, 61-46

BELPRE — Sydney Reynolds went for game-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds here Thursday night for host Eastern, but the visiting Eagles weren’t able to hold a 29-20 halftime advantage as Belpre evened its record at 7-7 after rallying for a 61-46 victory to sweep the season ...

Tigers too much for Cougars in 64-47 victory

MARIETTA — The Marietta Tigers celebrated their “Senior Night” with a 64-47 win over a very young Frontier Cougar squad Thursday evening at Sutton Gymnasium. The six MHS seniors combined for all but six of the Tigers points paced by Morgan Altenburger’s 22. With both teams playing ...

ALBRIGHT: Sophie Nelson and Ritchie County girls’ basketball are a good match

Sophie Nelson’s overjoyed to be a member of the Ritchie County girls’ basketball team. Good. Good, because she’s often going to be playing in front of her aunt Missy Spangler (aka the school’s all-time leading scorer). So, there’s no pressure or anything waiting for Nelson. Instead, ...

BENNETT: Going on with life

Trying to do anything “normal” in this day and age is anything but easy. However, at least it appears there is some hope to have a winter sports season in the Mountain State. Normally at this time of the month we’re in full swing with basketball every night and lots and lots of ...

Cadets force 29 turnovers in 55-27 win

WATERFORD — Any time you can force your opponent into more turnovers than they score points you are likely to get very good results on the basketball court. Fort Frye accomplished that feat Tuesday night on the road against arch-rival Waterford as they forced 29 turnovers and rolled to a ...